Personal lubricants can make any sexual activity safer, sexier, or simply possible for anyone, at any age, in any body; however, not all personal lubricants are created equal, not even close! This webinar will discuss how and why personal lubricants are used, along with an in-depth analysis of common lubricant ingredients, interactions with the body, and navigating lube labeling, marketing, and regulation. The information presented is vital to anyone teaching sex education, risk reduction, providing sexual health care, working in a public health setting, or advocating for reproductive justice. This content challenges the normative messages around personal lubricants, specifically water based lubricants, and provides up-to-date analysis and advice for more informed lubricant education and safety.
The webinar will last one hour, with an additional half an hour of Q&A after.
Once you've purchased your ticket you will receive a separate email with a link to the webinar for the date and time you selected.
Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions or, if this workshop is prohibitively priced, to discuss a sliding scale fee.
Sarah E. Mueller
Sarah has been a Sex Educator at The Smitten Kitten since May of 2012. After nearly four years at Smitten Kitten Sarah realized personal lubricants are a huge contributor to people’s sexual satisfaction and health, but many struggle to find lubricants without adverse effects. Sarah then began an extensive research project on personal lubricant ingredients, regulations, and interactions with the body. Currently Sarah is the Lead Research and Education developer at The Smitten Kitten, and is expanding her research and educational offerings to topics from STIs, Cancer Treatment & Sexual Function, Menopause, and Social Justice within Gynecology. Her research has also allowed her to contribute to Allison Moon’s Girl Sex 101, contribute to the lubricant information in Joan Price’s The Ultimate Guide to Sex After Fifty, and she has been interviewed as a Lube Expert on the Sexational Blog, VICE Magazine’s Blog, Tristan Taormino’s Sex Out Loud Radio Show, and the Sex Gets Real podcast.
"I have been talking about lube with students and clients for over 12 years. It is one of my favorite topics and I thought I knew a lot about it. But Sarah's class changed the way I think and teach about lube! This class is a game changer. Don't miss it!"
- Laura Rademacher, MA, LMFT, CST, www.skyhilltherapy.com
"This workshop could not be more informative and well-researched. Sarah is one of the most thorough sex educators I have ever met. Plus, she did an amazing job of presenting a ton of information in a conversational, easy to follow, and even entertaining way. She really knows her shit, and has looked at the topic from every possible angle. Also, I have seen many a sex educator look over Sarah's informational lube pamphlet and exclaim that there is so much in there that they didn't know (and these are people who make a point to know about sexual health topics). Even if you are a lube expert, you will learn something new from Sarah's workshop. And if you're not, you will still know what she's talking about because she breaks it down into everyday language. This workshop is really a must for anyone who uses lube, recommends lube, or is in the medical field."
"Sarah knows Lube! I was impressed with her ability to provide so much scientific knowledge in a down to earth and understandable way. All mental health and medical professionals should spend the time to get the facts on lube from Sarah. I've been in practice for 20 years, trained with William Masters... Thought I knew it all... She wowed me and offered practical information that will be easily transferable to my practice."
- Heather Raznick MSW, LCSW
"Sarah Elizabeth Mueller has done extraordinary advocacy for every body’s sexual well-being with her research and outreach on personal lubricants. In my nearly 20 years in the adult industry, no lubricant sales people, chemists or lubricant brand owners have ever done the in-depth analysis that Ms. Mueller has."
- Metis Black, President and Founder, Tantus Inc
"Sarah Mueller knows more about lubes than seemingly anyone else on the planet - and the depth and breadth of her knowledge is made understandable by her great presentation skills and teaching abilities. If you have a chance to learn from her, run and don't walk to her teaching session."
- Anne Katz, PhD, RN, FAAN, certified Sexuality Counselor at CancerCare Manitoba and Clinical Nurse Specialist at the Manitoba Prostate Centre
"Sarah Mueller's presentation on lube just blew my mind. As a sex educator, I want to stay on top of the most important information and share it with my audiences. But the work that Sarah has done – the research, analysis and synthesizing all of this dense information into an accessible presentation -- is just phenomenal. It changed the way I think and teach about lube."
Tristan Taormino, author, columnist, sex educator, speaker and filmmaker
"In August of 2016 I had the pleasure of attending Sarah E. Mueller's workshop titled, "Lube! An In-Depth Look at Personal Lubricants". This presentation took my breath away and I'll tell you why. I attend many conferences and workshops on human sexuality, and this presentation was one of the best researched and well presented I have seen. I have worked as a psychotherapist and sex educator for about 20 years and I learned so much from Sarah's presentation. The information she shared would be invaluable to anyone, and perhaps especially for those who recommend or sell lube as part of their work. Honestly, I think anyone who works in or owns a sex shop should take this workshop. Lube is possibly the most essential and often sold sexual accessory after contraception, and while most experienced vendors can tell you a few facts about lube, the most common advice is often to purchase what feels right for you, try it out, and see what happens. Sarah's workshop takes much of the guess work out of the experience and helps explain why different lubes have different properties and why they feel the way they do, AND she explains how lube affects your body and any barriers you might use in sexual interactions. She translates the chemical and biological make up and interactions with lube in a way that is fascinating and digestible. I hope there are plans to make this presentation more widely available because I think so many people can benefit from Sarah's work."
- Stephen Biggs, MA, RP., Toronto, ON, Canada
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PLACING YOUR ORDER
We want you to feel confident about your purchase! If you need more information or want help comparing different products, please don't hesitate to contact us. You can send us an email, call our Minneapolis store or use the contact form on this website. Someone on our staff will get back to you within 24 hours.
You may order via this website or over the phone. For expert help ordering online or to order via phone, please call the Smitten Kitten at 612-721-6088.
Phone orders are subject to the same Terms and Conditions as online orders and feature the same shipping and delivery options as detailed below.
PAYMENT, PRICING AND PROMOTIONS
The Smitten Kitten online store accepts the following payment methods: all major credit cards and debit cards. We do not accept personal checks, travelers checks or money orders.
Promotion codes and coupons are available from time to time. Please sign up for our e-mail newsletter, join our Facebook pages or follow us on Twitter to learn about occasional discounts. There is a coupon code field in the online shopping cart. You must enter the coupon code at the time of purchase. We cannot retroactively apply any discounts to an order once you've placed it.
CHANGING OR CANCELLING AN ORDER
Once your order has been placed, it may not be possible to make changes, substitutions or cancellations before the order is processed and shipped. If you need to cancel a recently placed order, please contact us immediately to ensure we get the message as quickly as possible. The best way to do this is to call our Minneapolis store during business hours and speak to someone in our shipping department directly.
SHIPPING & DELIVERY
We value your privacy and we ship all of our products to you in discreet packaging. See Privacy & Security for more information. We accept orders from North America, the EU, Australia, New Zealand and Japan. *NOTE FOR INTERNATIONAL CUSTOMERS, we are required to fill out customs declaration forms outlining the package contents. We will be as discreet as possible; however, be aware that declaration forms are visible on the outside of your package.
For your convenience, we will ship all USPS orders without signature confirmation unless you request otherwise. If you would like USPS to require a signature in order to deliver your package, please indicate this in customer comments at checkout. UPS shipments are always delivered with signature confirmation.
In every package, we include an itemized invoice of your order as well as any additional promotional material when we have it. If you include a gift message on your order and the shipping address is different than the billing address, then we include the gift message only without the itemized invoice. At checkout you can always leave us a customer comment with any special conditions you would like to be applied to your package and we will work to meet them accordingly.
GENERAL SHIPPING INFORMATION
The Smitten Kitten ships packages Monday - Friday, day-time hours. Most shipments will leave our address within 24 hours of when the order was placed. However, if the order is placed over the weekend, your shipment will be processed the following Monday, regardless of shipping method chosen.
The Smitten Kitten uses both United Parcel Service (UPS) and United States Postal Service (USPS) as our shipping carriers.
For UPS domestic shipments, we currently only offer UPS Ground or Next Day Air.
For USPS domestic shipping options, you can choose from the following options: Parcel Post®; First Class Mail® Package; Priority Mail®; Express Mail®.
Use Parcel Post® when value is most important. Small and large packages, thick envelopes and tubes containing gifts and merchandise can be sent using Parcel Post. This option features delivery to every address in the United States including PO Boxes, military addresses, Saturday and residential deliveries at no additional charge. Delivery can take up to 7-10 business days and is not guaranteed.
First Class Mail®
Use the First Class Mail® Package when your package weighs 13 ounces or less. First Class Mail® offers the best value for your postage dollar. A Delivery Confirmation™ number is a standard service with The Smitten Kitten’s First Class Mail® option. Delivery is generally faster than the Parcel Post® option and is not guaranteed.
The Smitten Kitten recommends using this option. Priority Mail® is a fastest and most affordable shipping option for packages. This is the only 2-3 day delivery service to mail boxes as well as PO Boxes. Saturday and residential deliveries are at no additional charge.
This is the fastest possible delivery method. In most cases Express Mail® ensures overnight delivery; however, if your order is placed late in the day, it may take two days in some cases. Delivery to most destinations is available 365 days a year even Sundays and holidays at an additional charge.
For our international customers, we offer the following shipping options: First Class Mail® International and Priority Mail® International.
First Class Mail® International
This is the most economical way to send small packages worldwide. This service requires complete customs forms and the recipient may be charged import duties and fees. These charges are the responsibility of the recipient NOT The Smitten Kitten.
Priority Mail® International
Priority Mail International offers reliable service at an economical rate and is perfect for larger packages over 4 pounds. This service also requires complete customs forms and the recipient may be charged import duties and fees. These charges are the responsibility of the recipient.
The following are The Smitten Kitten’s General Shipping Policies. These Policies apply to all of the above shipping methods:
The risk of loss and title for all merchandise ordered on this Web site pass to you when the merchandise is delivered to the shipping carrier. The Smitten Kitten uses the United States Postal Service (USPS) and the United Parcel Service (UPS) as its carriers. USA shipping & handling rates are based upon weight of each individual package/items. Please be aware that the United Parcel Service (UPS) will require a signature for delivery, whereas the United States Postal Service (USPS) will NOT require a signature for delivery unless you indicate that you require signature confirmation on your order. For more information on USPS shipping procedures, please visit www.usps.com, and for UPS shipping procedures, visit www.ups.com.
A handling fee is applied to all orders. The handling fee is a non-negotiable flat rate fee that, in addition to the cost of postage, helps us offset some of the costs of packaging. If a delivery is refused by the customer without Smitten Kitten authorization, a fee for return shipment and/or a restocking fee may be deducted from any potential refund. While we strive to expedite and deliver all orders as quickly as possible, we ask all customers to allow us 7-10 business days for delivery time after The Smitten Kitten has processed your order, although an order may be delivered in quicker time. Once an order is placed into our database, it takes time to process in fulfillment and ship out. Postal delays can increase delivery times.
CONFIRMATION & TRACKING
When you place an order, you will receive an order confirmation email from us. If this does not show up in your inbox, check your spam folder. If this still has not showed up, ensure that you gave us the correct email address at the time of checkout by either logging back into your account OR emailing email@example.com. (It’s rare, but sometimes a typo can accidentally sneak into an email address when ordering.) After your order confirmation, it can take 2-3 days to process your order (especially over the weekend). If you have not received information or a follow up from us within 2-3 days of placing your order, please email firstname.lastname@example.org with your order number or name and we will give you a status update.
Every order will come with its own tracking number. When your order is processed and shipped you will receive a shipment confirmation email that will review your order and have the tracking number included. You may also copy the tracking number you received in your shipment confirmation email, go to the shipping company’s site and paste the tracking number in the area specified. This will give you the most up to date information available.
PRIVACY & SECURITY
We package all orders in generic brown cardboard boxes with no markings that identify the parcel as containing “adult” materials or products. The return address will be listed as “TSK, Inc.” followed by the street address of our store. TSK, Inc. simply stands for “The Smitten Kitten, Inc.” Additionally, we are happy to provide USPS signature confirmation for any order upon request. If you request signature confirmation, your package will not be left at your doorstep, in your lobby, etc. without a signature.
When you pay with credit card, your statement will reflect a charge to “The Smitten Kitten.” We never share your personal account information including your contact information with any person or organization outside of The Smitten Kitten. When corresponding with you via e-mail or telephone we will always be as discreet as is possible.
RETURNS & EXCHANGES
Please read this information carefully. Because of the intimate nature of our products, we do not accept returns. We encourage our customers to make educated and confident purchases. If you have questions prior to purchasing any of our products, please call for a consultation with one of our staff sex educators or visit our Minneapolis store.
All in-store and online sales are absolutely final.
Exchanges will be made in the event of manufacturer defect only. Original store or online order receipt must be presented within 30 days of original purchase for an exchange. Original packaging and any accessories, cords or chargers included in original packaging must also be included with the return.
Media (DVD's, CD's, Print Materials) are not returnable.
For online orders, you must call to receive a return authorization prior to return shipment. We are unable to accept returns without an authorization.
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